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Talend first to offer open source MDM

Madan Sheina | Oct. 7, 2009
Unless another vendor moves swiftly, Talend is poised to become the first provider of open source master data management (MDM) software.

While we have no problem with open source, we do question its applicability to a subject as complex as data integration. Accessing data integration technology cheaply is one thing; figuring out how to use it is another and cloud computing compounds that complexity. As with most open source products, the companies that stand to benefit most from Talends ETL and MDM technologies are those that buy into the value-added features and services. Talend, however, believes it has a few aces up its sleeve, notably the flexibility of incremental deployment. Users can add individual data domains to the MDM hub one at a time, which is a capability that addresses the political and organisational challenges around getting consensus on data definitions arguably the biggest and most complex barriers that MDM has to overcome.

With MDM becoming packaged and delivered in a more industry-specific way Oracle has industry MDM hubs for banking, public sector and retail Talend will have to rely entirely on the open source community to verticalise the generic Xtensis MDM platform.

That said, open source is usually a sign of product maturity and commoditisation. MDM is nowhere near both as yet, which could mean that Talend is way ahead of the user adoption curve. 

Madan Sheina is principal analyst within Ovum's Software Applications group and is based in Northern California.  


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